Days off are hard to come by so my knowledge of soft play areas with our daughter have been limited since she was born nearly 15 months ago.Advertisement
While the country sweated in the heat we decided to head to Bamber Bridge to an industrial unit – as you do. There’s a lot of parking available on the site, the spaces nearer to the unit are much tighter if you’re trying to wrestle a child out of a car seat.
Inside is Monkey Magic, off School Lane, and it’s a great place to let the little one let off some steam.
Signing in at the desk it’s £4.50 per child for two hours of plenty of soft play action.
It’s clean, practical and has a wide choice of different slides, ball pits and more areas to explore.
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We liked how big the cafe area was and there’s plenty of room to spread out and not feel like you’re crammed in on top of each other.
Our daughter was in the under-3s play area and was happily pushing round all the toys before going up the clamber stairs and making it to the top of the climbing frame and the tunnel which looks out across the whole play centre. She loves being up there and looking down at what’s happening elsewhere – as the tunnel has a clear perspex end.
Off the side of the soft play areas there’s three party rooms you can hire out for your child’s birthday or special occasion. One of them is in use when we’re there and has a full table set out for the kids to enjoy their party meal before they charge out across the room.
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Any good soft play area needs good coffee for the tired parents who are enjoying half-an-hours peace and quiet while the children charge round. Monkey Magic is reasonable for coffee (£2.20 for a latte, Americano etc) and offers a good range too, not just the cheap and cheerful brew.
We decided to stay for lunch and there’s a decent selection on the menu for both children and adults.
For our daughter we had the cold meal deal, allowing you to pick a choice of sandwich and then four other items and a drink – in our case (orange squash, cocktail sausages, cheese, a muffin and a yoghurt).
My wife and I went for a toastie each with a salad and coleslaw garnish, and some curly fries to share.
The lot with two drink came to £14.50 – which is reasonable for a quick family lunch out.
The food isn’t going to set the world alight but it’s what you need when refuelling before continuing the daily battle to keep the little ones entertained.
Monkey Magic is well worth a visit, and a good way to spend some quality time with your little ones (and tire them out!). We had the joy of a two and a half hour nap when we got home. Bliss.
Opening hours are 9.30am to 4pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 4.30pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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